Times Herald-Record
CITY OF NEWBURGH — For a night, Newburgh will chase crime with musicians in the grass, cops in dunk tanks and residents in the streets.
The city will celebrate National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 4 at sites throughout Newburgh. The annual event has provided a late-summer holiday from the city’s fearsome crime in past years. Police Lt. Bill Rose said the department’s calls for service usually decrease sharply during the 4-5 hours that residents come out to relax and have fun.
The night looks like a series of block parties scattered across 15 locations. Rose said he’ll try to hit as many as possible but figures he’ll get waylaid along the way.
“I usually get tied up in a dunking booth,” he said.
The dunk tank will be in a parking lot behind the Department of Motor Vehicles, just north of the Lander Street and Broadway intersection. City police and firefighters will help out, along with other city officials, local organizations and churches.
Jazz singer Nina Simone’s younger brother, Sam Wayman, will play with his “Magic Band” on the lawn in front of the Newburgh Free Library. A youth choir will perform at Downing Park. The Glenn E. Hines Memorial Boys and Girls Club will kick off the evening at 5:30 p.m. at the main site, 285 Liberty St.
Mayor Nicholas Valentine expects a great night for the city.
“It tells the public that sometimes we can do things without a lot of money that has a great effect,” Valentine said.